Special Issue "Membranes for Lithium Batteries"
A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Dr. Giovanni Battista Appetecchi
ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Department for Sustainability (SSPT), Division for Sustainable Materials (PROMAS), Materials and Physicochemical Processes Laboratory (MATPRO), Casaccia Research Center, Via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy
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Interests: research and development of electrolyte/electrode materials/components for electrochemical energy storage systems; ionic liquids; polymer and gel electrolytes; lithium batteries
It is with great pleasure that we open a Special Issue on "Membranes for Lithium Batteries", fully focused on ionically conducting membranes as electrolytes for rechargeable lithium battery systems. The latter represents an excellent choice as next generation electrochemical storage devices due to their high energy density and cycling behavior. However, safety drawbacks mainly due to the electrolyte have prevented their development and commercialization, so far, in large-scale applications as automotive and storage from renewable power sources.
One of the most promising approaches to overcome these limitations is the adoption of Li+ ion conducting polymer membranes or polymer electrolytes (PEs), which represent a breakthrough for the realization of safer and high energy density electrochemical devices. Additionally, the development of PEs is undoubtedly appealing from the engineering point of views. They can be easily and cheaply manufactured into low thicknesses and shapes not allowed for supported liquid electrolytes, offering a new concept of all-solid-state, thin-layer, flexible (both mechanically and in design), robust, lithium polymer battery. In addition to their main role as the electrolytes, polymer electrolytes play a second role in composite electrode as binders and ionic conductors.
Understanding the formation and the transport properties of polymer electrolytes is not a simple matter, requiring strong interconnection between the polymer science and solid-state chemistry and traditionally concerned with inorganic compounds and crystal structures. Another key parameters are electrochemical stability and interfacial compatibility towards electrodes, which play starring roles in determining the battery performance.
The Special Issue, "Membranes for Lithium Batteries", is open to manuscripts focused on various issues (ion transport, thermal and electrochemical properties, compatibility towards electrodes, tests in battery) regarding ionically conducting polymer membranes to be tailored as electrolyte separators for solid-state lithium battery systems. Researchers and experts in these topics are warmly invited to submit their welcome articles.
Dr. Giovanni Battista Appetecchi
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- polymer hosts
- polymer electrolyte separators
- gel electrolytes
- lithium polymer batteries